Nashville's Arts Conference is Sept 30, 2017
at Nossi College of Art

ArtCamp Nashville Sessions

Each 45-minute session will be structured to educate and inspire Nashville artists and creatives to help our local arts community to thrive, achieve its goals and impact the world.

See the session schedule in a grid format.

Adjusting Your Mindset

Presented By: Amanda Dobra Hope
At 1:45PM-2:30PM, in Illustration 2


Description: How to Ready Yourself for an Abundant Creative Career. Learn how to shift your mindset towards allowing and receiving abundant financial rewards from your creative career, and how to deal with the obstacles that can and will come up once you decide to really go for it.

Categories: Livelihood

Art Law 101

Presented By: Alandis Brassel
At 9:30AM-10:15AM, in Studio D


Description: The Arts & Business Council connects artists and arts organizations with the services, skills, and opportunities they need to thrive from their creative endeavors. To this end, the Arts & Business Council provides pro-bono legal services to low-income artists of all disciplines, as well as legal and business assistance to emerging nonprofit arts organizations through the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) program.

Categories: Livelihood

Business Foundations

Presented By: Roy Laws
At 10:30AM-11:15AM, in Illustration 3


Description: How to become serious about creating a foundation that you can build a business upon. Topics to cover include getting a bank account, business license, tax ID, inventory tracking, sales and expenses, etc.

Categories: Livelihood


Presented By: Megan Kelley
At 2:45PM-3:30PM, in Illustration 3


Description: Community collaboration.

Categories: Community

Other Participants

  • Angie Renfro, Fine Artist

Conversation: Engaging the wider public.

Presented By: Ashley Segroves
At 1:45PM-2:30PM, in Studio A


Description: Our panel guests will be sharing how their organizations focus on community engagement. How do they reach a wider audience? How they communicate with their public? What are the issues and how are they overcoming it for reaching a wider audience with the message of art? How do they approach the campaigns for the programs they do?

Categories: Community

Other Participants

  • Brian Greif, Street Art Curator, Nashville Walls Project
  • Emily Harper Beard, Community Relations, First

Facilitators of Human Potential

Presented By: Ryan Schemmel
At 1:45PM-2:30PM, in Illustration 3


Description: Fort Houston is a place for you to facilitate, grow, learn and work. We occupy 10,000 square feet in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood of Nashville, TN, complete with a full-scale wood shop, print shop, metal shop, 3D printers, darkroom, and miscellaneous work and desk space. Here’s how it works: You pay a monthly membership fee, and you get to make things in here. Oh, and taking a class or two can be fun, too, but you don’t have to be a member to do that!

Categories: Community

How I exhibited in 50 states by age 23

Presented By: Kristin Llamas
At 11:30AM-12:15PM, in Illustration 3


Description: How does a small town girl turn down a NYC college art scholarship and still end up with her first museum show at age 24? My art has been my livelihood since I was a 15 yr old runaway - it's been my "ticket" to 50 states, 56 countries, 2 homes and 3 children. From commissions, exhibitions, project proposals, grants, press releases, critiques, receptions, online sales, interior designers, installations, competitions, curating, charities, and on... I want to show you what surviving off your art really looks like (some of it is surprising)... as well as the strategies to finding success! Get ready to take notes and ask questions as I share all my little secrets!

Categories: Livelihood

How to Become Your Best Creative Self

Presented By: Beth Inglish
At 2:45PM-3:30PM, in Studio D


Description: A conversation with the audience.

Categories: Livelihood

Jefferson St: A Community Endeavor

Presented By: Michael Mucker
At 2:45PM-3:30PM, in Studio A


Description: Building the Jefferson Street Art Crawl into a genuine and community centric monthly event.

Categories: Community

Other Participants

  • Elisheba Israel, Artist, Community Activist
  • Joseph Bazelis

Joining Forces: Artists at the Table

Presented By: Kristen Chapman Gibbons
At 3:45PM-4:30PM, in Studio D


Description: Join local storyteller, Kristen Chapman Gibbons and Alex Macias, Community Coordinator at Conexion Americas, for a conversation about collaboration and addressing community issues through the Arts. What are the avenues for artists to partner with nonprofits on the issues they care most deeply about? How can we create pathways for meaningful work?

Categories: Community

Other Participants

  • Alex Macias

Lighting Demonstration for Film/TV

Presented By: Steven Knapp
At 11:30AM-12:15PM, in Studio D


Description: A live demonstration to help people understand basic lighting techniques.

Categories: Livelihood

Mobile Marketing for Artists

Presented By: Bayard Saunders
At 10:30AM-11:15AM, in Illustration 2


Description: Learn how to use mobile marketing tools to advance your career and promote your art and exhibits. Learn about free text business card systems and using text messaging in addition to email to sell to and engage with your customers. Learn how to use IoT Internet of Things beacons and QR codes to build self-guided tours and provide viewers background information about your artwork. Learn how to promote User Generated Content at exhibits to extend your reach to more buyers and patrons.

We will be joined by Shane Miller, a Nashville artists who was featured in Forbes because of his success using mobile marketing to sell art.

Categories: Livelihood

Other Participants

  • Shane Miller, artist

Panel: NFA - The Making of The Wardrobe Project

Presented By: Julia Dyer
At 11:30AM-12:15PM, in Studio A


Description: In 2016, the Nashville Fashion Alliance (NFA) produced The Wardrobe Project: A marketplace designed to showcase the Nashville’s fashion brands framed in large-scale installations by local visual artists. The panel will go behind the scenes to tell the story of how the designers came together, lessons learned, big picture goals, the strengths of forming an industry alliance, and where do artists go from here. // Julia Dyer, Director of Engagement, The Nashville Fashion Alliance: The NFA is an organized alliance of like minded professionals dedicated to building a sustainable and globally recognized fashion industry through advocacy, economic development, resources and education. // Elizabeth Williams and Kelly Diehl, Founders, New Hat Projects: New Hat Projects is a Nashville-based Art & Design Studio specializing in custom wallcoverings + multimedia installations. // Erin Murphy, Visual Artist: Painter, sculptor, and designer working in Nashville, TN. // Lindsay Walker, Founder, Walker Jewelry: Walker Jewelry is made by hand in Nashville, TN by Lindsay Walker, designer and metalsmith from Charleston SC. Making jewelry by using traditional silversmith techniques, Walker creates pieces that are meant to be worn through every season, and is focused on sustainable material sourcing and production. The designs are inspired by buildings, bridges, subcultures, and beauty found in the South. // Lindsey Stewart Sherrod, Founder, Lilyan James: Honoring timeless techniques, Lilyan James reflects a return to heritage traditions that honor both the craftsman and the environment. Each piece, individually cut and sewn in the United States, is made by master leatherworkers keen on applying a renewed sense of durability and character to modern handbag silhouettes. Each design, free from overstated logos and hardware, is grounded in the belief that a woman defines what she carries.

Categories: Community

Other Participants

  • Elizabeth Williams, New Hat Projects
  • Erin Murphy, Visual Artist
  • Kelly Diehl, New Hat Projects
  • Lindsay Walker, Walker Jewelry
  • Lindsey Stewart Sherrod, Lilyan James

Panel: Poetry for Social Justice

Presented By: Joseph Kane
At 10:30AM-11:15AM, in Studio A


Description: What was one time that poetry changed your mind about something? The Poetry for Social Justice panel will give voice to what is happening in our world, beginning with the stories from our own community. // Joseph Kane, Program Director, Porch Tennessee’s youth program SLANT (Student Literary Artists of Nashville, TN): Before moving to Nashville, Joe taught poetry in Detroit Public Schools as an Inside Out Literary Arts Project writer-in-residence. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Central Michigan University, where he taught English and was the editor-in-chief of Temenos literary magazine. // Chet Weise, Chief Editor, Third Man Books: Chet Weise’s poetry and fiction has appeared or been anthologized in publications such as Copper Nickel, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End Days. A musician, too, Weise performed and recorded with groups The Quadrajets and the Immortal Lee County Killers. He was banned from Canada during 2008. Weise lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the editor of Third Man Books. // Ciona Rouse, Poet: Ciona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville, Tennessee. Her poetry has been featured in Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, Native Magazine and She believes in poetry being very public, and curates many poetry events in Nashville. // Megan LeAnne Smith, Poet Mentor, Southern Word: Megan LeAnne Smith is creative writer, teaching artist and performer from Nashville, TN. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Talking Writing, The Flowers Center, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, The Write Launch and Versify Podcast. Currently, Megan serves a as a poet mentor for Southern Word, Nashville's non-profit teaching arts organization, empowering youth to act as leaders in their community through literacy, performance, and spoken word. // Melissa Gordon, Restorative Practice Specialist, Metro Nashville Public Schools: Melissa’s determination to create effective and sustaining change in at-risk communities, particularly in classrooms and neighborhoods, has fueled work with local schools, jails, community organizations, hospitals, civic organizations, government agencies, and diverse nonprofit organizations. // Pratik Dash, Communications Coordinator, TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC): Before coming to TIRRC, Pratik worked as the Development Coordinator at Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition (W.O.M.E.N.), where he assisted people who were victims of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, human sex trafficking, and poverty. When Pratik is not working at TIRRC, he is writing and recording music.

Categories: Community

Other Participants

  • Chet Weise, Third Man Books
  • Ciona Rouse, Poet
  • Megan LeAnne Smith, Southern Word
  • Melissa Gordon, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Pratik Dash, TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Public Art As A Problem-Solving Tool

Presented By: Hana Elliott
At 10:30AM-11:15AM, in Studio D


Description: There are a few ways to look at solving problems -- (1) within yourself and (2) connected to the world around you. Through engaging with public art in Nashville, we learned that it is a tool that helped us in both of those realms.

Categories: Community

Recovering From Block

Presented By: Kat Jones
At 11:30AM-12:15PM, in Illustration 2


Description: A workshop on allowing grief to move you forward through creativity blockages like writer's bock.

Categories: Community

Street Art

Presented By: Troy Duff
At 2:45PM-3:30PM, in Illustration 2


Description: Street artist Troy Duff discusses the world of being a working street artist.

Categories: Livelihood

This was not my plan

Presented By: Meredith Edmondson
At 9:30AM-10:15AM, in Illustration 2


Description: "There is no blueprint on how to become an artist. Find out how Meredith got here by heading down weird paths and saying yes to the right opportunities. And how when they were not there, she created them herself."

Categories: Livelihood

Understand Marketing Language

Presented By: James Szuch
At 9:30AM-10:15AM, in Illustration 3


Description: Marketing Speak Explained — A Marketing Lexicon for Artists.

Categories: Livelihood

What's trending in the arts world?

Presented By: Brian Greif
At 9:30AM-10:15AM, in Studio A


Description: What artists around the country are doing to generate more sales. Taking control of livelihood via pop ups, installations, etc.,

Categories: Livelihood

You Can't See What I Can See

Presented By: Thaxton Waters
At 1:45PM-2:30PM, in Studio D


Description: Thaxton will lead a panel discussion with diverse panel to reflect on the opportunities & challenges in the "art world" as persons of color.

Categories: Community

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